Marilyn Beech is 68. She taught English, French, History and Geography in high schools in Western Australia, England and Zambia. A former civil servant and a tutor in English Literature and Communication Skills at The University of Western Australia and in Cosmopolitanism at Edith Cowan University, Perth, she has also taught as a volunteer in a village school in Luangwa, Zambia. She has been a member of the Senate of Murdoch University and of the Board of Management of Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.
Since 2015, Marilyn Beech has been actively involved in seeking justice for asylum seekers in Australian offshore detention and in Indonesia. She is an independent editor of other people’s work because she lacks the solitude to write her own book. She is a feminist, a wife, a mother and a grandmother. With the help of friends, Marilyn and her husband are funding the medical studies of three of her former students in Zambia.
At eight, Marilyn came to Australia with her parents. Left behind was her mother’s loving and protective family. Her father was a violent and abusive man who terrorised his wife and child.